Parents' Guide to

The Blues Brothers

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Cult classic has lots of profanity, some violence.

Movie R 1980 133 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 12+

Great movie, great music lots of profanity

This is a good spirited screwball comedy with a great soundtrack and appearances by a number of blues legends. There is gratuitous use of the profanity, and a lot of casual smoking, comic violence and allusions to Jake's womanizing and criminal past. The characters are not role models but, in their imperfect way, they try to do the right thing. The comedy is broad, the car chases or both fun and well choreographed and the music is great!

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (58):

THE BLUES BROTHERS holds a special place in cult movie lovers' hearts for a reason. It's surreal, it's got style, and it has great music. Indeed, it's a cross between a Saturday Night Live skit and a really great musical. Even if you hate the flimsy plot, you're likely to be humming the songs days later.

Though teens may find parts of it slow and may need to be educated about old school R&B, the film is likely to become a favorite. Expect to hear them quoting lines ("Mom, we're on a mission from God," when you question where they're going) and to see them wearing their sunglasses all the time. In the end, you get the sense that this movie is the teenage boy's dream inside Dan Aykroyd and John Landis, the cowriters.

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